Newspaper Prayers: Friday, April 20th

Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, April 20, 2018

Hans Asperger Aided Nazi Child Euthanasia, Study Says

(Note: I have a beautiful and creative autistic grandson. The treatment of children with autism in the early years of psychology is a tragic story. I am profoundly thankful that there are healthy and progressive ways of caring for those on the autism spectrum today.)

A new study has shed more light on the revelations that Hans Asperger, the Austrian pediatrician for whom a form of autism is named, had collaborated with the Nazis and actively assisted in the killing of disabled children.

Published on Wednesday in the journal Molecular Autism by the medical historian Herwig Czech, the report relies on eight years of research that included the examination of previously unseen Nazi-era documents.

The study concludes that though Dr. Asperger was not a member of the Nazi Party, he had participated in the Third Reich’s child-euthanasia program, which aimed to establish a “pure” society by eliminating those deemed a “burden.”

Dr. Asperger referred disabled children to the notorious Am Spiegelgrund clinic in Vienna, where hundreds were either drugged or gassed to death from 1940 to 1945.

(This article continues in the New York Times on-line.)

Readings from the Gospel of John for Friday, April 20, 2018

Jesus said, “Whoever does not love me does not keep my words . . .” (John 14.24).

Jeremiah said, “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17.9).

We humans are great at deceiving ourselves. We say, “I love God.” God has given us a test to see if our words are true or are self-deception. If we love God we will know and follow Jesus’ directions for life.

Prayers for Friday, April 20, 2018

Dear God, please help us to love you by knowing and observing your direction for life.

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